Mid-air collision Accident Douglas DC-6 N37523,
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Date:Thursday 17 November 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-6
Owner/operator:United Airlines
Registration: N37523
MSN: 43012
Year of manufacture:1947
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 19
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC)
Destination airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot of a Beechcraft 35 (N2956B) realized on finals that he was flying in front of the DC-6, instead of behind it. When trying to make a right climbing turn, the collision took place. Impact took place when the right wing and the propeller of the Bonanza struck the bottom of the DC-6 wing. Both aircraft were able to make a safe landing.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) Failure of the Bonanza pilot to adhere to traffic pattern procedures and to execute an immediate go-around. 2) High level of air traffic in the traffic pattern. 3) Failure of the DC-6 pilots before and during final approach to see the Bonanza under an adverse condition of sunglare."


The Deseret News - Nov 18, 1960


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